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Ecology and Conservation of Fishes

By: Harold M Tyus

529 pages, 16 colour plates; b/w photos, illustrations & maps; tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Oct 2011 | #191641 | ISBN-13: 9781439858547
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About this book

Written as a stand-alone text for students, this book provides broad, comprehensive, and systematic coverage of all aquatic systems from the mountains to the ocean. It addresses freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems in the first third of the book, and identifies factors that affect the distribution and abundance of fishes. It is followed with the examination of the adaptations of fishes as a response to constraints posed in ecosystems. The final four chapters on applied ecology discuss management, conservation, the biodiversity crises, and climate change. The book offers case studies from all major aquatic systems.


Use and Features of the Book
List of Greek and Latin Words


Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes
- Aquatic Evolution, Origins, and Affinities
- Aquatic Environment

Fish Diversity
- Diversity 1: Chordates to Sharks
- Diversity 2: Teleostomes to Bony Fishes
- Diversity 3: Teleosts
- Radiations, Extinctions, and Biodiversity

Freshwater Ecosystems
- Zoogeography of Fishes
- Lotic Systems: Flowing Water and the Terrestrial Environment
- Coldwater Streams
- Fishes of Warmwater Streams and Rivers
- Lentic Systems: Standing Water
- Fishes of Temperate and Tropical Great Lakes
- Artificial Lakes and Groundwater Reservoirs

Estuarine and Marine Ecosystems
- Estuaries and Coastal Zone
- Marine Environments, Intertidal Fishes, and Sharks
- Neritic Province and Fisheries
- Oceanic Province and Epipelagic Fishes
- Deep Sea: Twilight to the Abyss

Fish Adaptation
- Fitness, Morphology, and Ecophysiology
- Energy, Metabolism, and Growth
- Adaptation, Niche, and Species Interactions
- Populations, Growth, and Regulation
- Instinct, Learning, and Social Behavior
- Trophic Concept and Feeding
- Reproductive Ecology and Life History Patterns
- Migration
- Larval Fish

Applied Ecology: The Human Factor
- Exploitation and Fisheries Management
- Conservation of Fishes I: Crisis and a Response
- Conservation of Fishes II: Understanding the Decline
- Changes and the Future

Literature Cited
Appendix -- A Guide to Major Fish Groups

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Harold M. Tyus is Emeritus Research Scientist at the Center for Limnology, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, where he taught Ecology of Fishes in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Denver, where he teaches and serves as a faculty advisor. Dr. Tyus received his academic training in the Department of Zoology at North Carolina State University, with the aid of a National Science Foundation fellowship and a scholarship from the National Wildlife Federation. He also was affiliated with the North Carolina Cooperative Fishery Unit, earning an MS studying sunfish phylogenetics and a Ph.D. studying population dynamics and migrations of river herring. His minor concentration was in water resources management.

Dr. Tyus is a retired researcher and manager for the U.S. Government, serving 23 years with the Army Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service. During that time he was involved with environmental impact assessment and studied a wide variety of aquatic habitats, fishes, and human-induced changes in waters of the United States, from east coast oceans, estuaries and wetlands to southwestern desert rivers. He has written and edited numerous scientific papers on fishes and government documents on fish ecology and conservation, including listing and recovery plans for Endangered Species.

He was a member of the Colorado River Fishes Recovery Team for 12 years, and he has been a consultant and science advisor for industry and government. His professional affiliations include the Desert Fishes Council, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the Society for Conservation Biology. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists and a life member of the American Fisheries Society, which has certified him as a Fishery Scientist and Fisheries Professional.

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